Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-2171 Petroleum Engineers

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,010 4.5 % $74.41 $154,780 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $35.77 $48.03 $63.60 $91.63 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $74,400 $99,900 $132,280 $190,580 (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,920 6.58 $74.44 $154,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,420 0.23 $91.73 $190,800
Support Activities for Mining 5,290 1.94 $66.43 $138,180
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,710 3.29 $66.57 $138,450
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,340 0.16 $74.57 $155,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 880 7.27 $67.28 $139,940
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,920 6.58 $74.44 $154,840
Other Pipeline Transportation 350 4.32 $58.24 $121,150
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,710 3.29 $66.57 $138,450
Support Activities for Mining 5,290 1.94 $66.43 $138,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 30 (7) $107.99 $224,630
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $98.24 $204,330
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,230 0.19 $92.32 $192,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,420 0.23 $91.73 $190,800
Employment Services 70 (7) $82.69 $172,000


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 17,840 1.50 6.68 $81.95 $170,450
Oklahoma 2,380 1.51 6.73 $62.08 $129,120
California 2,240 0.13 0.60 $63.83 $132,770
Louisiana 1,510 0.79 3.53 $71.44 $148,600
Colorado 1,410 0.55 2.46 $78.42 $163,110




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 820 2.58 11.48 $71.74 $149,220
Oklahoma 2,380 1.51 6.73 $62.08 $129,120
Texas 17,840 1.50 6.68 $81.95 $170,450
Wyoming 380 1.43 6.38 $61.17 $127,240
Louisiana 1,510 0.79 3.53 $71.44 $148,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.21 $90.08 $187,370
Texas 17,840 1.50 6.68 $81.95 $170,450
Colorado 1,410 0.55 2.46 $78.42 $163,110
Alaska 820 2.58 11.48 $71.74 $149,220
Louisiana 1,510 0.79 3.53 $71.44 $148,600



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,950 3.74 16.65 $85.15 $177,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.56 2.48 $87.80 $182,620
Midland, TX 1,310 14.89 66.30 $62.27 $129,510
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,040 0.72 3.19 $84.74 $176,250
Oklahoma City, OK 940 1.55 6.92 $58.53 $121,740
Bakersfield, CA 820 2.71 12.08 $64.41 $133,970
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 670 0.68 3.02 (8) (8)
Tulsa, OK 670 1.56 6.95 $71.45 $148,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.15 0.66 $64.53 $134,220
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 550 0.55 2.43 (8) (8)


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 1,310 14.89 66.30 $62.27 $129,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,950 3.74 16.65 $85.15 $177,110
Odessa, TX 220 3.17 14.10 $51.55 $107,220
Enid, OK 70 2.91 12.94 (8) (8)
Bakersfield, CA 820 2.71 12.08 $64.41 $133,970
Casper, WY 90 2.50 11.15 $49.58 $103,120
Anchorage, AK 410 2.37 10.57 $77.31 $160,790
Lafayette, LA 350 1.76 7.83 (8) (8)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 140 1.64 7.28 $56.02 $116,510
Wichita Falls, TX 90 1.58 7.05 $65.43 $136,100


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.56 2.48 $87.80 $182,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,950 3.74 16.65 $85.15 $177,110
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,040 0.72 3.19 $84.74 $176,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.30 $77.82 $161,870
Anchorage, AK 410 2.37 10.57 $77.31 $160,790
Corpus Christi, TX 210 1.13 5.05 $76.53 $159,190
Farmington, NM (8) (8) (8) $75.87 $157,810
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 200 1.26 5.60 $75.56 $157,160
Tulsa, OK 670 1.56 6.95 $71.45 $148,620
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 30 0.18 0.82 $70.53 $146,710

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 510 2.65 11.79 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 320 4.50 20.06 $67.14 $139,640
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.01 4.49 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 210 1.66 7.37 $52.21 $108,590
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 1.44 6.40 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 320 4.50 20.06 $67.14 $139,640
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.89 12.85 (8) (8)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 510 2.65 11.79 (8) (8)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 80 2.00 8.92 (8) (8)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.69 7.53 $66.15 $137,590

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 320 4.50 20.06 $67.14 $139,640
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.69 7.53 $66.15 $137,590
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.85 3.78 $62.75 $130,520
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.17 5.22 $60.07 $124,950
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.28 5.71 $59.63 $124,030


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018